2015 Arbuthnot Lecture Applications

Application Process to Host the 2015 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

ALSC members are invited to submit their proposal to host the 2015 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Brian Selznick. The application deadline is Friday, May 16, 2014.

Please download the overview document (MS Word) for details including the criteria the committee considers.  You may use this as a basis to create your draft proposal. 

The actual application should be submitted using the online form.


Originally established with funding from Scott Foresman to honor May Hill Arbuthnot, the lecture is now funded and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.

The selected site will host Brian Selznick, an award-winning author and illustrator. Selznick was born and raised in New Jersey and attended and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design.  After college, Selznick worked at Eeyore's children's bookstore in New York City where he was introduced to the world of children’s literature.  He wrote and illustrated his first book, The Houdini Box, while working there.  He left to pursue a full-time career in children's book illustration but still designs theater sets and is a professional puppeteer. Selznick’s illustration work includes the award winning titles “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” published by Scholastic, Inc. which received the 2008 Caldecott Medal; “Walt Whitman: Words for America,” published by Scholastic, Inc. a 2005 Sibert Award Honor Book; and “When Marian Sang,” published by Scholastic Inc. a 2003 Sibert Award Honor Book; and “The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins,” published by Scholastic which received a 2002 Caldecott Honor. Selznick has illustrated many other children’s books including “Frindle,” “Riding Freedom,” “The Doll People” and “Wonderstruck.”

Criteria for selecting the host institution for the Arbuthnot Lecture

  • There is no single factor that prevails over any other factor in selecting the host institution for the Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.  Rather, the committee charged with the selection responsibility will consider a combination of factors, including:
  • Reasons for application. Special reasons for applying such as particular interest in the work of the lecturer; an applicant’s expression of the educational goals of his or her community; a special celebration, etc.
  • Site. The relation of a potential site to places and institutions that have previously acted as hosts with an emphasis on identifying varied sites from all of North America.
  • Facilities. The appropriateness, both in terms of capacity and accessibility.
  • Administrative support. The organizational and administrative capabilities of the person or group submitting an application evident in the enclosed proposed budget, and partly manifested in the presentation of the application itself. Please note that ALSC will contribute $2,000 in financial support to the host site selected.
  • Cooperation with other organizations. The extent to which meaningful cooperation among various local or area groups would suggest an ability to share responsibilities as to personnel, time, and money needed to cover local expenses.
  • Lecture visibility. Emphasis on the lecture as a distinctive event publicized to and open to all potential attendees in the region is a priority for each Arbuthnot Lecture.

Responsibilities of the host institution

  • To act as host for the May Hill Arbuthnot Lectureship in April or early May 2015, the date to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the lecturer and the host institution.
  • To arrange and pay for the local expenses of the lecturer.  If a display of the lecturer's published works (e.g., books, articles, etc.) is arranged, it will be at the host's expense, not the lecturer's. The Arbuthnot Fund covers only the honorarium ($5,000) and travel expenses for the lecturer to and from the host city.
  • To arrange and pay for a reception, dinner, or other hospitality honoring the speaker following the lecture and to pay for all local lodging, meals, taxis, etc. of the lecturer.  As mentioned above, ALSC will contribute $2,000 to the selected host site to be used to offset expenses.
  • To prepare and distribute regional publicity. ALA will issue national press releases.  Further local and regional publicity is the responsibility of the host institution, including production of any print program or other promotional materials.
  • The lecturer is not to be invited to give any talks the week preceding the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture at the host institution or in the immediate vicinity.  The lecturer is responsible for presenting the Arbuthnot Lecture only.  If applicable, autographing and sale of books may be arranged with the publisher by the host institution.  Any other programs/events (other than those promoting the lecture) must be arranged with the lecturer's publisher(s) or agent, must be arranged with the lecturer's knowledge and permission, must be funded separately, and must occur no sooner than one day following the lecture. All programs/events/activities must appear on a master schedule available in advance to the committee chair, the Association for Library Service to Children office, and the lecturer.

Please complete your application using the online form by May 16, 2014